The DRG Retail Index: Jigsaw x Bluebird, Be More Karen, Boden Future British, J Crew x WeWork, Nyden

Welcome to DRG retail editor ALISON FARRINGTON’S new monthly retail round-up, celebrating experimentalism and innovation on the high-street. From the latest social campaigns to exciting new retail formats, we’re watching… and shopping.

The Shop At Bluebird

Save the date for 20th April, when The Shop At Bluebird’s new department store style venue (complete with sunlit central atrium and rooftop terrace) will open in an old coach station venue, recently renovated by Covent Garden property management firm CapCo. The new Floral Street location called Carriage Hall will open with a brand new Jigsaw next door and count designer stores including Kent & Curwen, Agnes b and Paul Smith as upscale neighbours. (more…)

Newsflash: Watch the Dries van Noten AW18 live discussion

Dries Van Noten AW18 by Sonny Vandevelde

Quick one: If you enjoyed my punditry on the Valentino Couture show on SHOWstudio last month, I’ll be repeating the act this week! Tune in to SHOWstudio tomorrow at 5pm GMT to watch the Dries van Noten AW18 show and hear me live in conversation with panel host Rosanna Falconer along with Mimma Viglezio, Caroline Burstein and Shonagh Marshall.

These panels are always super insightful as we don’t just talk about the show in question (more…)

Costume calls: Giulia Piersanti

Giulia Piersanti costume designer Call Me by Your Name by Alessandro Grassani for The New York Times

Am I the only person not to have seen ‘Call Me by Your Name’? This NYT profile of costume designer Giulia Piersanti (who is also a knitwear designer for brands like Céline and Balenciaga) is making me want to see it. I loved the Tilda Swindon costumes she did for director Luca Guadagnino’s 2015 masterpiece, ‘A Bigger Splash’. (more…)

I can’t get through winter without (part 2)… Chanel Neapolis New City SS18

Chanel Neapolis New City SS18

Chanel’s cheery spring beauty collections always arrive just when you’re reaching winter breaking point. The Chanel Neapolis New City SS18 collection arrived in January, but it’s taken me a while to take the pics because… the darkness, people!

Anyway, I’m really enjoying the scenic sojourns that Chanel’s creative director of beauty, Lucia Pica takes us on. Her latest is a trip to her hometown of Naples, taking in sunsets, local greenery and ancient frescoes to inspire the colour palette and textures of the make-up.

First impressions: the Les 9 Ombres eye palette in Affresco (below, limited edition) is a real highlight (more…)